The London Fashion Doll Festival 2019 was amazing - and I was there to experience it!

My second ever fashion doll convention, the London Fashion Doll Festival 2019, was held on the weekend of 8-9 June in London, at the lovely V&A Museum Of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London. I had promised the organisers that I’d join them in this second time of the convention being held, so there I was! The event took place over two days in the Summerly Room Of The museum, plus an adjoining smaller room for the workshop. 

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London

The Summerly Room

The Summerly Room

A banner at the convention area

A banner at the convention area

Everyone registered upon entry, with an easy scan of our ticket. We were given our goody bags according to our registration level (with or without the exclusive Superdoll convention doll). As I found out, the bag had loads of lovely gifts!  Check them out below.

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The tables were set for eight persons and mine was named Carnaby Girl. I had the honour of being in the same table with Desmond Lingard (from Superdoll), Izzy Parker with her husband Ian, Christina Paul (who runs the Doll Club Of Great Britain website) and of course, from the organisers, Simon Farnworth, his husband Carl and Kim London. What an amazing company to be with! The tables had a folder with two lovely sketches inside by Navdeep Sikand, creator of the lovely Anouk dolls...

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...who also offered ten of them for centerpieces on each table! They were raffled off to the attendees near the end of the day, Izzy won ours. The dress and bags are made by Ineke Hintz. The gorgeous base was given along with the doll. If enough requests are made, LFDF will be able to have some for sale. 

Our centerpiece doll! There were blonde and raven versions of the doll.

Our centerpiece doll! There were blonde and raven versions of the doll.

Everyone else at the table got a small gift as well - i won the miniature chess you see below in the round box. I was lucky enough to receive some lovely gifts from my table mates too - Kim gave me the tea set (donated by her), Carl the amazing jewellery set (by Alla Dolgaleva Rapoport), Sofia the miniature Barbies and the wonderful Thomas Bartholomew Maffei, who came all the way from the USA, gave me the Sparkle Girl outfits!

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Izzy had a gorgeous doll with her, the fantastic Glory resin Sybarite from the Los Angeles Convention earlier this year (above) , while Desmond had with him the 12” House Of Zenith Avenue, introduced earlier this year. She’s not wearing her original fashion and looked better IRL than in photos I had seen (below).

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Soon enough, it was time for the workshops to begin. I had registered for both, so my schedule was full! First one was the Face Up workshop by Claudio Coronado, who was introduced by Simon Farnworth. 

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Claudio was very thorough in showing us the steps in how to begin painting a doll’s face. A slideshow helped him show the detailed work he does. 

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We got a great list of all the steps to follow when painting a doll face and helped us understand it is no easy task. Which is why you see the “before” photo of the doll head I had to paint, but not the “after”! 

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The artist at work. This magnifying glass type is perfect for detailed work, I must get one.

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After the end of the workshop, I had the chance to photograph the dolls on display. The Carnaby themed set up was beautiful.

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The items that were going to be raffled off the next day, to support a great cause, the Children With Cancer UK charity, we’re also on display. See the slideshow below. I should also mention that there is an ebay auction with exclusive OOAK creations (dolls or outfits) for LFDF 2019, to benefit the same charity, that ends on the 22nd of June 2019, so go to this link to check the offerings and bid!

If you love Sybarites, you know Desmond is an incredibly talented photographer as well. Some of his magnificent prints were on display and for sale.

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There was a small exhibition of 60s dolls as well, check them out below in the slideshow.

Emperis Dolls had a beautiful display as well and I got to meet the lovely Marcus and William who make them. They had both their new 12” dolls and their 16” ones on display and for sale. Some amazing OOAK dolls were there too, check out Cher in the slideshow below. The guys told me they almost sold out during the day.

Then it was time for the second workshop of the day: Sofia Kalaitzidi from Microsonik London showed us how to make a flower wig. These were very popular during the 60s in editorials and covers of fashion magazines. Elizabeth Taylor and members of the British Royal family were sporting them often in events.

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Here are the materials Sofia gave us for the wig plus a prepared base for us to work on.

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I managed to go as far as you can see below during the workshop (I’m hopeless with a needle). Some just threaded the larger flowers through the base as they had long wire stems, so no sewing needed, but I wanted a more delicate effect. Will try and finish it home!

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And here I am next to the lovely Francesco from Fred-Dolls at the workshop - we had so much fun!

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After the workshop ended, it was time for afternoon tea! A proper British tea, with everything necessary - tea, scones, clotted cream, jam, milk, sandwiches, sugar, macaroons and other treats! It was delectable.

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During tea time, members of the organising team (l to r: dear Ismail, Simon and Claudio) presented the people dressed in sixties or sixties inspired clothes.

The t-shirts worn by the organisers ate the official convention shirt and all attendees got one!

The t-shirts worn by the organisers ate the official convention shirt and all attendees got one!

there were eight of them, all lovely and dapper in mod outfits…

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…and the winner was Olga, who was the most popular - people voted for their favourite contestant by giving them their raffle ticket!

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Near the end of the day, it was time for the most anticipated reveal: Desmond unveiled the exclusive convention Sybarite doll!

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Her name is Dejah and she is the last Generation X Sybarite doll to be released! The edition is 30 dolls and there are two more available at the LFDF site - hurry up!

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You can see my doll below, as I opened the box right after the presentation. The last photo is the official one from Superdoll. She’s like a Motown singer from a girl group the 60s or a Northern Soul singer on a tour in Britain in the late 60s..

And here I am with dear Desmond - this one is for you Shazam Paname! Charles was in China, supervising doll production in the factory.

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This was the first day of the London Fashion Doll Festival, full of wonderful people sharing our doll passion, making beautiful memories and seeing so many gorgeous dolls. Next up, the Salesroom day.

The 2nd London Fashion Doll Festival is being held this weekend at the V&A Museum Of Childhood!

The second edition of the London Fashion Doll Festival will be taking place this coming weekend at the Victoria & Albert Museum Of Childhood, in Bethnal Green, London. After the success of last year’s first edition, the organisers are making this one even better and enriched with lots of activities. And guess what? I’m attending this year! So those of you not being able to attend will get to see lots of photos and read all the juicy stuff after I return.

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This year, the theme is Carnaby: the Swinging London fashion era, with Twiggy, Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton, Carnaby Street fashions, mods  and so much more as inspiration! You can see the program for the two-day event below. Access on Saturday is only for registered attendees, while the Sunday salesroom can be accessed by the public via tickets bought either online or on site. 

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As you can see in the program, there are two workshops, one for making a flower wig and a second for doll face enhancement, which is already sold out. 

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Just like last year, the incredible Superdoll Collectables London people are making an event exclusive doll, a LE of 30, which will be revealed at the event. It will probably be one of the last vinyl Sybarites. I have already reserved mine and can’t wait to see her!

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The salesroom is full of amazing dolls and doll stuff:

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There are some competitions and even non-attendees can join! Take a look here

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The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London is once again serving as the venue for the second convention.  The MOC is the UK’s National Museum of Childhood. It is the largest institution of its kind in the world. Its mission is to hold in trust the nation’s childhood collections and to be an international leader in engaging audiences in the material culture and experiences of childhood.

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This year LFDF decided to support the Children With Cancer UK charity. They are doing this via an eBay OOAK doll auction and a raffle which will take place during the Sunday Salesroom. Last year LFDF raised almost £14,000 for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity.

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See you in London! 

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The W Club registration period is now open for everyone!

Just like last year, the 6th of February is the day that the W Club registration period opens for everyone. If you want to be a member of this exclusive Integrity Toys club, you have to register until the 3rd of March. Below, you can find more information about the W Club, the upgrade dolls and more. Or you can read about it all in the registration brochure here. Or go ahead and register here.

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The W Club is the Official Collectors’ Club for all Integrity Toys collectible dolls, including their lines of Fashion Royalty®, NU. Face™, Poppy Parker™, East 59th™, The Monarchs Homme™ and other. The new club year will be packed with exclusive perks, new dolls, special offers, priority service and more. Should you have any questions at any time, please contact the Club Liaisons at wclub@integritytoys.com.

The W Club is an online based club and requires online registration plus a valid email address to receive information and special offers. it is run separately but in conjunction with Integrity Toys and acts as the collectors’ voice at the table for the company.

Joining the W Club means that you’ll be getting:

  • First-to-know information & sneak peeks at upcoming dolls & more

  • Exclusive access to members-only forums

  • VIP customer service from the W Club Liaisons

  • Guaranteed opportunity to purchase at least *5* exclusive Club-only dolls, including: 2 Fashion Royalty dolls (which may include NU. Face), 2 Poppy Parker dolls and 1 additional exclusive doll, plus additional surprise items such as The Monarchs Homme

  • $25 coupon to be used towards any $99 or more purchase in the IT Direct Shopping Cart*

  • Club-only opportunities to purchase dolls & more

  • Exclusive members-only online events

  • Priority convention registration and optional access to a Club-only event at Convention

  • Special offers, right-to-buy lotteries and contests

  • Access to private Q&A sessions with the Integrity staff and much more

*Details and instructions for this coupon will be sent to 2019 W Club Members at a later date, including that a one coupon limit will be allowed per order. Important exclusion: Coupons cannot be used to purchase additional W Club memberships. Any memberships bought with coupons will be voided, as the 2019 Club year does not officially begin until after registration ends.

How does registration work?

  • The base membership for 2019 is still $50.

  • All W Club members in good standing receive perks and privileges throughout the Club year, including first-to-know information, access to exclusive W Club merchandise (including the guaranteed opportunity to purchase W Club exclusive dolls), lottery chances for other exclusive dolls, contests, special offers, VIP customer service, the special offers listed on the preceding pages and more.

  • You may upgrade your membership by choosing 1, 2 or all 3 upgrade dolls.* Upgrading your membership only gives you additional dolls, it does not affect any other perks. All members in good standing receive full access to perks.

  • Upgrade dolls are produced based on the specific quantity ordered during registration, the dolls will arrive in approximately Summer 2019 and the balance of the payment will be due then.

  • You can buy as many memberships as you want and for every membership, you can upgrade each with a Fashion Royalty Vanessa Perrin, NU. Face Lukas Maverick and/or Poppy Parker doll (up to 3 total, one of each item, for every one membership that you buy).

*Note: the Upgrade dolls ARE NOT the W Club exclusives for the year. You will still get 5 more exclusive dolls that you can pre-order later in the year.

Membership and upgrade options for W Club 2019 are:

BASE MEMBERSHIP: $50; Includes the opportunity to purchase at least five exclusive dolls throughout the year- including two exclusive Fashion Royalty dolls (which may include NU. Face), two exclusive Poppy Parker dolls, and one additional exclusive surprise doll- a $25 coupon and a variety of perks, privileges, special opportunities and offers throughout the year, from lines such as The Monarchs Homme collection.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES (these are in addition to the 5 W Club exclusive dolls that come with your base membership):

  • Adding the Upgrade “French Kiss” Vanessa Perrin Fashion Royalty doll to your base membership will have an additional $25 deposit due now and $110 (total of $135 US) plus shipping, handling and tax will be billed approximately in Summer 2019, when the doll is scheduled to ship.

  • Adding the Upgrade “Level of Suspense” Lukas Maverick figure from the NU. Face Collection (as voted on by 2018 members!) to your base membership will have an additional $25 deposit due now and $110 (total of $135 US) plus shipping, handling and tax will be billed approximately in Summer 2019, when the doll is scheduled to ship.

  • Adding the Upgrade “Bossa Nova Beauty” Poppy Parker doll to your base membership will have an additional $25 deposit due now and $110 (total of $135 US) plus shipping, handling and tax will be billed approximately in Summer 2019, when the doll is scheduled to ship.

French Kiss Vanessa Perrin® 2019 Upgrade Doll

Item #91461

French Kiss

Vanessa Perrin® Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection

2019 W Club Upgrade

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Body Type: FR 6.0

Head Sculpt: Vanessa 1.0

Quick Switch Feature: No

Skin Tone: Sunkissed

Hair Color: Sandy Blonde

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Foot Sculpt: High-Heeled

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Vanessa Perrin is a 12.5-inch articulated vinyl doll with flowing, fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. She comes with a multilayered outfit that includes a plaid overdress with a separate slip dress underneath, high-heel ankle boots, socks, hoop earrings, a “box” purse, a golden ring and an abstract cuff bracelet! Doll stand and certificate of authenticity included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. This doll will have a non-refundable deposit due immediately, with a balance due at shipping time, approximately in Summer 2019.

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A 1.0 Vanessa doll is always good news - and in a tan skin-tone, now named “sun-kissed”, even better. Why do we get all that tan variables is beyond me - it definitely has to do with the haphazard way they make the skin tones in the Chinese doll factory IT uses, without a proper recipe with colour percentages, just mixing colours trying to match the shade. Not very good for replacement bodies in the future - just try to find a tan homme body and tell me about it. The screening screams Going Public Eugenia - in fact, when I first saw the first photo of the email, I thought she was Eugenia, not Vanessa. Beautiful accessories but I am not that crazy about the fashion. Jesse Ayala designed this one.

Level of Suspense Lukas Maverick™ 2019 Upgrade Doll

Item #82114

Level of Suspense

Lukas Maverick™ Dressed Fashion Figure

The NU. Face™ Collection

2019 W Club Upgrade

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Body Type: Homme 1.5

Head Sculpt: Lukas

Quick Switch Feature: No

Skin Tone: FR White

Hair Color: Caramel Blonde

Eyelashes: No

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Lukas Maverick is a 12.5-inch articulated vinyl male figure featuring fully rooted hair. He is wearing a custom designed detailed faux-leather jacket, over a classic white shirt and convertible pants (each section can be detached to create additional looks). Faux-suede sneakers, eyeglasses, bag, double wallet chain with snake pendant detail, one earring, figure stand and certificate of authenticity are also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. This doll will have a non-refundable deposit due immediately, with a balance due at shipping time, approximately in Summer 2019.

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First of all, dear Integrity Toys, please stop calling male dolls “figures”. They are DOLLS. Even the G.I. Joe figures are actual dolls that are named figures to placate parents buying them for their little boys. This is so backwards thinking, especially in this day and age. So please stop it. It does not fit with what Integrity Toys represents as a doll company.

Lukas is his usual gorgeous self but looks uncomfortably a lot like his first apperance, Raw Appeal, from the 2009 convention, minus the eyeliner. The outfit is not that impressive either. Compare it with Bellamy Blue from last year’s Industry collection and you can see why. Those convertible pants have got to stop - the Violaine ones were more than enough. So last year. Jesse, I was expecting so much more from this one.

Bossa Nova Beauty Poppy Parker™ 2019 Upgrade Doll

Item #PP150

Bossa Nova Beauty

Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y.: Mission Brazil Collection

2019 W Club Upgrade

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Body Type: Poppy Parker 1.5

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Quick Switch Feature: No

Skin Tone: Hungarian

Hair Color: Raven

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Foot Sculpt: Articulated ankle

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Poppy Parker is a 12-inch fully articulated fashion doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. She comes dressed in an elaborately embroidered gown and includes jewelry, golden kitten heels, a purse and a newly designed standup microphone. A special themed package was created just for this collection. Doll stand and certificate of authenticity included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. This doll will have a non-refundable deposit due immediately, with a balance due at shipping time, approximately in Summer 2019.

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David Buttry designed this one within the concept of this year’s Poppy spy theme, which story is taking place in Brazil. I love the print but not much more from this one. If you described her to me without any photos, I would have said “what a lovely doll”, but the execution seems slightly off to me.

Remember that all dolls shown are prototypes only, the final production may vary slightly.

And now the technical details of the membership:

  • How do I become part of the W Club?

From now until March 3rd, 2019, you can qualify for the 2019 W Club by submitting a registration form and completing your payment. You can start your registration here:

https://www.wclubforum.com/2019clubregstart.html

No registrations will be accepted after March 3rd, 2019 at Noon Eastern Time (New York time). No exceptions.

  • For how long is my 2019 Club membership valid?

Memberships are valid until the latter of January 1, 2020 or when the 2020 Club membership registration period begins.

  • As a member, will I be guaranteed every exclusive item from the Club?

Every member in good standing will be guaranteed the right to purchase at least 5 exclusive dolls, which will be offered at various times throughout the Club year, including the 2 Fashion Royalty exclusive dolls (which may include NU. Face), 2 exclusive Poppy Parker dolls, and 1 additional exclusive doll during 2019. Members that added upgrade dolls during registration are guaranteed those upgrade doll(s), as well. There will be other limited items which will be available by lottery or first-come, first served opportunities. Please note that membership in the W Club does not guarantee access to Integrity Toys’ non-Club exclusive dolls and accessories. None of the dolls available through the Integrity Toys’ authorised dealers can be purchased through the W Club and are not W Club exclusive items.

  • How many 2019 Club memberships can I purchase?

IT is not restricting the number of memberships by collector or household. However, memberships are non-transferable and cannot be shared.

  • I live outside of the US. May I still become a member?

Absolutely! Membership is available to residents of all countries worldwide. Please note that all news releases and information will be released in English only.

  • I would like the Club information sent to me via regular mail; can IT do that?

This is an online only Club and all members must have access to a valid email address.

  • What forms of payment does IT accept?

All payments are processed through Integrity Toys’ online shopping cart system. They accept Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover). They also accept PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account or a credit card, they suggest that you get a prepaid credit card, as it makes it easier for you to take advantage of their many offers.

  • Can you tell me more about the purchasing of exclusive W Club dolls?

2019 W Club members are guaranteed the right to purchase the exclusive W Club doll(s) from 2019 only (these dolls are separate from and in addition to the upgrade dolls that you can purchase at registration). The number of W Club exclusive doll(s) produced is based on the number of pre-orders paid. If you do not pre-order the Club doll(s) by the designated cut-off date (there is usually about a week-long ordering window), you forfeit your right to purchase that Club doll through the W Club. Also, Club doll(s) from previous years are NOT available to 2019 members- Club dolls are only available during that specific membership year.

  • Can you explain more about the Club coupon?

Each W Club membership that you purchase will automatically add a special $25 coupon to your IT Direct Coupon Wallet that can be used towards ANY IT Direct shopping cart purchase of $99 or more online only during the 2019 W Club year! As long as your order is above $99 before shipping and tax, you can apply your coupon towards any order of your choice! Full details and instructions for the $25 coupon will be sent to 2019 W Club Members at a later date, including that a one coupon limit will be allowed per order. Important exclusion: Coupons cannot be used to purchase additional memberships. Any memberships bought with coupons will be voided, as the 2019 Club year does not officially begin until after registration ends.

  • When will I be able to log into the W Club forum?

Once your membership has been processed, you will be emailed the “Welcome to the 2019 W Club” notice. This notice includes information on how to register and be approved for the members-only forum, contact emails, email information and more. Due to the number of registrations that we expect to be receiving at this time, it can take up to a week or more for the welcome notice to be sent out and we appreciate your patience until you are sent the notice.

For answers to any additional questions, please contact the W Club Liaisons at wclub@integritytoys.com

For W Club Rules and Protocol, go to

https://www.wclubforum.com/wclubrules.html

to view the rules document.

So, are you joining this year? I know I will! Remember, the deadline is March 3rd, 2019!

All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2019 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. FASHION ROYALTY, POPPY PARKER, NU. FACE, EAST 59TH, THE INDUSTRY and all other character marks followed by ™ or ® are trademarks of Integrity Toys, Inc. Chesapeake City MD USA 21915. All rights reserved. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.

Doll Photography by Tony Pettinato. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

Integrity Toys Luxe Life Convention 2018: Welcome Doll and Convention Collection

This year the most awaited Integrity Toys event takes place in Portland, on the west coast of the USA. Attendees and organisers travelled far to,reach the convention grounds and the party is just getting started. Social media started buzzing with the first photos from early arrivals yesterday and today, first official day of the event, we get the first full post. 

Convention registration started Wednesday for those arriving early and everyone was welcomed by receiving the "THE LOVE OF LUXE" Veronique doll in their welcome bag, along with a monogrammed acrylic chair accessory.

Item # 91457

The Love Of Luxe

Véronique Perrin® Welcome Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Edition Size: 600

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If she had different colours in her make up, she’d look great. The outfit is boring and the accessories not anything to write home about. Not a great debut for a luxe themed event.

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I like the lucite chairs, especially those mimicking Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost, but I’m not sure about the monogram treatment.

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We finally get to see the convention Upgrade doll that was available for pre-order when registration started. "A Fabulous Life" Rayna Ahmadi doll made her appearance and every W Club member, attending or not, could pre-order her last spring. 

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Item # 82108

A Fabulous Life

Rayna Ahmadi™ Convention Upgrade Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Final Edition Size: 1400

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We had the chance to preorder her based on a sketch. The outfit is a copy of an Alexander McQueen Automn/Winter 2018 outfit:

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Having figured out the outfit from the initial Integrity sketch, I was excited and waited anxiously to see the final result. And while the doll is perfection (black hair, pale skin, red lips, Rayna sculpt, duh) and the execution looks great (draping and proportions seem exquisite), the main element of the dress is not red as in the original. Instead it is a pale violet/beige that makes the outfit flat and boring.

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Really guys? If it was a matter of possible trouble with copying, just make it another bright colour: emerald green, cobalt blue, saffron yellow. I’m very disappointed with this choice. Other than that, I’m glad I got her, she is the best doll revealed in the convention yet (and that includes the rest of the doll’s in this post).

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Next up is the 2018 Convention Collection: Dolls from the Fashion Royalty® Collection were designed by Jason Wu himself (Eugenia, Tatyana, Kyori, Vanessa), the NU. Face™ Collection by Jessy Ayala (Giselle), the East 59th® Collection by Chris Stoeckel (Victoire) and the Poppy Parker™ Collection by David Buttry.

Item # 91449

Subtle Affluence

Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life 

Convention Collection

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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I like her face and hair, the outfit not that much. Glad to see convention doll’s with bags for a change. The shoes look like those worn by the Vero given at registration. The ensemble gives off an Yves Saint-Laurent vibe, from the old days. It just need some big gold and enamel cuffs to set it perfectly.

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Item # 91450

Gilded Oligarch

Tatyana Alexandrova™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Convention Collection

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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This one also reminds me of older Yves Saint Laurent collections. Ruffles, black and red, ribbons, fishnet stockings, bright make up. Just pile up the bangles and add a gold heart shaped brooch and Yves and Loulou would be proud. This will look great with the red, heart shaped coat from last year.

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Item # 82105

Optic Illusion

Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Convention Collection

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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And here’s your  basic Optic Verve Agnes clone. In a more youthful look, yes, it’s Giselle after all. I like the doll but not the dress. A beret with a mermaid gown? Not very luxe. And the transparent long skirts in gowns died a few years ago on the Met gala steps. But look at that face. Gorgeous.

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Item # PP142

Gold Snap

Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Convention Collection

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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This is the doll with the most buzz in social media so far in the convention. People are going gaga about her. For me, she’s ok but not better than Rayna or Kyori (my other favourite). Or the other Poppy that was unveiled today (more below). I think the hair colour is wrong for this outfit. But it’s just me. Love the necklace.

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Item # 73016

Divine Evening

Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Convention Collection

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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The new Victoire sculpt makes its second appearance this year. And looks even better in this emerald concoction that reminds me of fashions worn by Gene Marshall. Beautiful doll and lovely gown. Her widow’s peak and skunk striped hair fit her perfectly. She has the new type gloves that look amazing with this kind of fashion. The necklace could be a green version of the one worn by Take The Picture Funny Face doll.

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And finally  the IT Direct Souvenir Shop Exclusives. It has almost become a given for the last few conventions that a few more surprise dolls are unveiled in the salesroom alongside the main collection and this year there are three of them.

Item # 91448

Prosperous Complexity

Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Salesroom Exclusive

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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What a gorgeous Kyori. Great face and hair and a dress that reminds me of the McQueen copy dress from the Heist convention. 

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Item # 91451

Opulence For The Bold

Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Convention Collection

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Same hairstyle as Kyori but in a fierce Titian red for Vanessa. Vibes of Obsidian Society combined with Cruise Control.  

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Item # PP143

Chiller Thriller

Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Convention Collection

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Fantastic looking Poppy Parker doll, in ice blue and silver. Hair styling is like Misty Hollows Poppy, while elements of the ensemble bring to mind Out Of Thos World Poppy.  She has a bag (fluffy!) and a suitcase!

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 Note: All dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly.

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Italian Doll Convention 2018 day one: my first ever doll convention!

I’ve finally attended my first ever doll convention! as you’ve probably read in a previous post, I took the plunge last year and registered for the 2018 Italian Doll Convention, and boy did I make the right decision! The experience was a blast and so I’m going to present the whole event here in the blog, with lots of photos and information. We will begin with Friday, 18th Of May, the first day of the convention, which was dedicated to Poppy Parker! 

The lobby of my hotel

The lobby of my hotel

I arrived at Bergamo airport at 11:00 am Friday (Rayan Air helped to keep the budget low) and popped over to Milan with a bus. Checked in at my hotel near Milano Centrale FS - not staying at the convention hotel was not the most convenient option but it was definitely the cheapest. Being familiar with the city, since it was not my first time there, I then took the Metro (underground train) to the convention hotel, to get registered, managing to arrive a few minutes after it had begun.  

The convention hotel

The convention hotel

One of the amazing Magia2000 guys was at the registration, the lovely Mario Paglino, along with assistants gorgeous Sebastiano Zaffalon and the incredible Ibrahim Ismail, who registered me and walked me through the do’s and dont’s of my first convention. I received the convention bag, full of goodies and all necessary stuff for the next three days, plus my convention bracelets, to be worn proudly for the duration of my stay, while nixing every chance of flirting with gorgeous chic Italians in the wider Milan metropolitan area!

First indication you are in the right place

First indication you are in the right place

Registration queue - being early means no waiting time. Mario is in the middle, Sebastian with the darker pink shirt and Ibrahim with the black one.

Registration queue - being early means no waiting time. Mario is in the middle, Sebastian with the darker pink shirt and Ibrahim with the black one.

The magical bracelets guaranteeing entry to all events

The magical bracelets guaranteeing entry to all events

Finishing early with the registration meant I had quite some time until the start of the first day event, which was at 20:00. So I decided to visit the Armani Silos building near via Tortona, in one of the most fashionable districts of the city, near the lovely canals, I navigli. On one side of via Bergognone are the Silos and right across you can see the company’s headquarters and the Armani Teatro, where the runway shows of the famous designer take place. A pilgrimage for every serious fashionista indeed!  

The Armani Teatro where they host their runway shows

The Armani Teatro where they host their runway shows

The Armani Silos turned out to be quite the experience! The ground floor, apart from the reception, cafe (more later) and guardarobe, have a temporary exhibition space, these days dedicated to the photographer artist Paolo Ventura. His work is characterised by the short stories he makes by constructing small scale dioramas and photographing them, creating his own worlds. Photographs, models and paper dioramas combined into a great experience, which was the icing on the cake that was Armani Silos. 

Paolo Ventura models

Paolo Ventura models

Paolo Ventura Paper diorama

Paolo Ventura Paper diorama

The rest of the edifice is dedicated to the master. Three floors brimming with his clothes, divided by floor into three categories/themes: androgynous, ethnic and stars. Androgynous is about the brilliant way he fuses masculine and feminine in his clothes, his most prominent charachterisic along with his fluid tailoring. Ethnic is about the way he incorporates influences and elements of other cultures without merely copying them. And, finally, stars, was about his scintillating evening wear, minimal yet opulent, in a way only Armani can do. One of the great things about this exhibition is that you can walk amongst the clothes, able to look up close to all the details and workmanship involved. The only fault (for me) was the lack of detailed information on the outfits: apart from the respective collection the outfit comes from, no other information was given. Half of the third floor is taken over by the brand’s digital archive, accessible through huge touch screens and iMac computers. There is also a small screening room, where films and ads made for the house are shown - when I was there, a film by David Lunch was being projected. 

Androgyny

Androgyny

Ethnic

Ethnic

Stars

Stars

Accessories 

Accessories 

I had to have a coffee at the ground floor cafe, both to relax and absorb what I had just seen, but also to charge my phone. The experience kept on being full Armani, with branded water and even sugar cubes and chocolate! There’s a lovely outdoors space too. I left to have lunch at the big canal, Grande Naviglio, at a favourite osteria, but had to hurry back to the Silos afterwards, as I had forgotten my convention bag at their guardarobe! After that, back to the hotel to freshen up. Below you can see the contents of the convention bag - best gift in my opinion: the amazing Balmain pencils! Thank you Magia 2000!

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Grande Naviglio

Grande Naviglio

Convention bag goodies!

Convention bag goodies!

Best of the bunch: Balmain pencils!

Best of the bunch: Balmain pencils!

Time had come for the first event of the convention: the Harajuku party dedicated to Poppy Parker and the special guest from Integrity Toys, the designer David Buttry! A big ballroom was transformed by cartoon balloons, lighting and decorations into a harajuku scene, with many attendees dressed up as manga and anime characters or merely following harajuku style. A lavish buffet took over half the room, with lots of food and drinks available. A DJ was there to enhance the effect, later helping attendees burst into karaoke performances with the Spanish contingent making the biggest impression! Meeting people that until then were only known to me through doll groups or social media turned out to be the best part of the convention, with first and foremost the lovely, kind and talented David Buttry.

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Me with lovely David! It was great meeting him at last!

Me with lovely David! It was great meeting him at last!

David Buttry made his appearance on stage to give an interview to Rogier Corbeau, from the great blog Dutch Fashion Doll World. I found out that the questions, submitted by readers of the blog, were screened by Integrity Toys beforehand, which is kind of weird. The interview itself was great, with David telling us about his work process, his inspiration sources and how Poppy came to be. He also told us that the exclusive convention Poppy begun her life as part of the Swinging London Collection but was kept out of it to then transform into the event doll. He had also brought along another Poppy, a prototype doll from the Swinging London Collection that was part of the exhibition of various Poppy Parker dolls (all from the collection of Lauretta Tonini) at the event.  

David being interviewed by Rogier 

David being interviewed by Rogier 

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Another exhibition inside the ballroom were the brilliant photographs taken by José Rdriguez (Ken Mad) with Poppy at the Scala of Milan as theme. Each photograph had Poppy transformed into an opera heroine, from Tosca to Norma to Aida. We were extremely lucky to each receive a lovely box with the printed photographs. 

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Ciao, Poppy! was the gorgeous event doll, finally revealed to us with a special presentation, and given to all attendees upon the presentation of the corresponding ticket received upon registration. The exclusive doll, limited to 250 pieces, even less than a centerpiece in other conventions, dressed in colourful clothes, with pink hair, a flower necklace in multicoloured stones, short skirt, knee socks, high heeled peep toe pumps and a shopping bag with her face and the words Ciao, Poppy! on them. She has the high heel feet instead of the classic Poppy articulated feet and her make up is more modern, matching her harajuku style perfectly. 

My convention Ciao, Poppy! doll.

My convention Ciao, Poppy! doll.

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photo by Integrity Toys 

photo by Integrity Toys 

photo by Integrity Toys 

photo by Integrity Toys 

 photo by Integrity Toys

 photo by Integrity Toys

 photo by Integrity Toys

 photo by Integrity Toys

Ciao, Poppy! box unopened.

Ciao, Poppy! box unopened.

Everyone was so happy to get this special doll, but there was one more thing: a special gift in the form of a bathing suit designed by David in retro style. But that was not the end of it. Another Poppy doll, the blonde variation of the first one, was available to all attendees for purchase, to be bought the next morning for €160,00. This version was again limited to 250 dolls. Apart from the different hair colour, her lips are pale pink, contrary to the strong red ones of the pink haired version. I did not want a second one but bought it for my dear friend Maria of Habilis Dolls, who could not attend and loved her. 

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 photo by Integrity Toys

 photo by Integrity Toys

The extra gift outfit 

The extra gift outfit 

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 photo by Integrity Toys

 photo by Integrity Toys

 photo by Integrity Toys

 photo by Integrity Toys

The rest of the evening was full of fun, drinks, song, dance and friends. The prototype Poppy Parker was raffled off to attendees, and the lucky winner was Lamanda Rae Scott! You can see her below with David and the OOAK Poppy! 

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It was a wonderful evening, being with great friends and getting lovely dolls - what a great way to start a convention! As I got on the Metro train to return to my hotel, I felt happy and excited for the next day. Read all about it in the next post. 

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